Australian psych mongers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are pretty prolific. The latest addition to their cannon is a movie and of course the soundtrack, which we have here. The movie is called Chunky Shrapnel and was directed by John Angus Stewart who has previously directed some of the band’s videos. It was filmed during the band’s 2019 European tour.
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Back again more times than Slim Shady, Australia’s hardest working outfit ‘King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’ have brought us YET ANOTHER release. But, in a strange time where live music is nothing more than a pipe dream, the genre-bending Melbourne crew offer up an enticing compromise at exactly the right time and for me, ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ goes someway to quenching that gig thirst.
So, with the album playing substitute to the live experience, I decided to treat it as just that. Things kick off with the anticipation building 'Evil Star', before moving on to the nine-plus minutes of funky-psych sexiness in the form of 'The River', followed appropriately by 'Wah Wah'. As every gig I’ve ever been to seems to go, things start off soft, get heavier in the middle (‘Planet B’ and ‘Hell’) before gently guiding you back down to earth. This ’gig’ was no different and even finished off with an incredibly obnoxious, near 20 minute jamming session that showcased just how talented these Lizard Wizards are. ‘Brief History of Planet Earth’ cruelly masquerades as one of the groups most universally loved track’s ‘Rattlesnake’ but quickly tapers off into something much more rewarding, it’s 20 minutes of bliss!
If this record had been released 6 months ago, sure it would’ve been fun, a nice listen. But, timing is everything and ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ has graced us with its presence at exactly the right time. It holds the ability to take you somewhere else, somewhere I’d much rather be at least.
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